This unit introduces and examines a conversation between the resources of Christian theology and those of poetry, exploring and practising ways that these two fields of human action both inform and are informed by each other. Students will be encouraged to consider the implications of such a conversation for theology, for poetry, and for the vocation of both poet and theologian.

Unit Code: DP9026W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and analyse the respective contributions that theology and poetry have made to each other and to the forming of Christian imagination;


Analyse and argue for a coherent position on how relationships between theology and poetry are demonstrated in set works;


Exhibit independent and critical responses to both a selection of poetry and to the conversations in which poets and theologians are engaged;


Explain and demonstrate how processes involved in writing poetry can foster theological reflection; and


Propose and evaluate a practical approach that can combine poetry and theology to inform both a person’s faith and a communal identity.

Unit sequence

For CT – 30 points in CT For DP – 30 points in DP


Lectures, workshops, seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Portfolio of creative writing (500 words)

500 15.0

Portfolio of creative writing (500 words)

500 15.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar Paper (1,000 words)

1000 20.0

Essay (4,000 words)

4000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-21 14:25:09 +1000